Timothy M. Laseter

Professor of Practice


FOB 111

Areas of Expertise

Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Omni-Channel Retail, Strategic Sourcing, E-Marketplaces, Supplier Innovation, Competitive Cost Analysis

Education: B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; MBA, Ph.D., University of Virginia 

Professor of Practice Timothy M. Laseter teaches courses in operations strategy, innovation and emerging technology at Darden. He maintains his connections with practitioners by serving clients as a senior advisor, speaker, workshop facilitator, and expert witness. Laseter has also taught at a number of other business schools, including the Tuck School at Dartmouth, IESE in Barcelona, the London Business School, Emory University's Goizueta School, the India School of Business, Vanderbilt's Owen School and the Stern School at NYU.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty in 2002, Laseter was a partner at Booz Allen & Hamilton, helping a wide variety of global businesses with operations strategy, supply chain management and strategic sourcing. He also returned to the latest incarnation of his old firm, now Strategy& a part of the PwC network from 2014 to 2019 focused on omnichannel operations for both retailers and consumer packaged goods companies.

Laseter is the author or co-author of four books, including Balanced Sourcing, Strategic Product Creation, The Portable MBA and Internet Retail Operations. He is also a contributing editor for strategy+business, which has featured nearly 50 of his articles over the past 25 years. His academic research generally examines Internet-based businesses and has been published in a variety of leading journals, including Journal of OperationsDecision Sciences, California Management Review and Sloan Management Review.

Professor Laseter earned a B.S. in industrial management with high honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1980. The Darden School granted him an MBA in 1984 and awarded him a Faculty Award for Academic Excellence. He earned a Ph.D. in operations management from the Darden School in 2003.

Selected Books

Rabinovich, Elliot and  Timothy M. LaseterInternet Retail Operations: Integrating Theory and Practice for Managers by Elliot Rabinovich and Darden Professor Timothy M. Laseter (Taylor & Francis; February 25, 2011; 288 pages; $69.95 hardcover; ISBN-13: 978-1439800911).

Eades, Kenneth M., Lynn A. Isabella, Timothy M. Laseter, Peter L. Rodriguez, Paul J. Simko, and Ian Skurnik. The Portable MBA, 5 th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Kerber, Ronald L. and  Timothy M. Laseter, with Max Russell.  Strategic Product Creation: Deliver Customer Satisfaction from Every Level of Your Company. McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Laseter, T.M. (1998). Balanced Souring: Cooperation and Competition in Supplier Relationships. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Timothy M. Laseter's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.